Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018, 5.30pm
Live on BT Sports
Admission: £30 (£47 in 2015/16)
2 - 0
An unfortunate rebound off
Jacob Murphy in the centre circle made a gift of the ball to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
who pushed forward and laid the ball off to Salah. He was able to find the back of the net, despite it hitting Dubravka on the way
Half time: Reds 1 Magpies 0
picked up a loose ball in the centre
of the pitch before finding Sadio Mane inside the box. The Senegal striker's
finish in front of the Kop was
Full time: Reds 2
"We were playing against a dangerous team. We know they have the pace up
front. We managed to 40 minutes then it was a mistake.
"We had to go for it in the second half and were then more open. You have to
keep the balance to be stronger in the defence and create chances in attack.
"We are learning but we are still making mistakes against teams. We are
improving but this team has to get points.
on target (for Liverpool), I was surprised. We wanted to be strong in
defence and create more in counter-attack. We couldnít do it, why? Because we
have a very good team in front of us.
"We got into some good positions, and we were running full pace, but still
we couldnít beat them.
"When you pay money, you pay money not just because of their technical
ability. Itís the quality, the decisions and the physicality. Everything that
is the difference between teams.
"Every game is important, so if you win now everyone says fantastic and we
have more confidence. Maybe you can approach the next games with more confidence
and you win more.
"But if you canít win, you can still win at the end. You can win the last
game and be safe. Every game is an opportunity and nothing else.
"We have the Tottenham game postponed, so itís one less game. We have to
go against Southampton, take three points, and if not, stay calm and carry on
until the end.Ē
On the Liverpool penalty claim:
"Watching from the bench, maybe Watching the replay, it was not very clear.
The referee maybe had the same opinion, that it wasnít very clear. Watching
the replay, both situations was not very clear."
On his reception from home followers:
"I am pleased with the fans. The Liverpool fans were really good for me."
"I very often forget the result during the game so even though we were 2-0 up, I
did feel we had to control the game better.
"But then when you step out on the pitch, you realise the wind, so it was
difficult to do the right thing in the right moment. We scored two wonderful
goals and for sure should have had a penalty but didn't.
"They defended really well and are a good team with quality. We lost a few balls
we don't usually lose and Roberto Firmino didn't have much support. It caused a
few problems but not too many.
On the importance of the save from Mo Diame at 0-1:
"Very, very. I wouldnít say that we would have had no chance
afterwards to win the game, but if the ball is in it changes the game,
for sure. What was it, the 45th minute roundabout?
"So Newcastle would have said Ďperfect momentí, but for us it
would have been exactly the opposite. It is exactly the life of a
top-class goalkeeper; if you are at a top team, you have not a lot to do
but when you have something to do you need to be there Ė and he was
there, so itís a good thing.
"Itís better that they had the finish and he could make the save
than if they couldnít have shot the ball at the goal because then
nobody speaks about the goalkeeper, so itís good. It was fantastic Ė
it was like scoring, to be honest."
On Mo Salah:
"I love the goals he's scored, I love his assists. I love this player.
"He's doing so well, but all the others have exactly the same importance and he
On the late Lascelles incident:
clear red card, Iím afraid to say".
now haven't beaten Liverpool away from home in the Premier League since
April 1994 and the Reds have now scored in all 22 subsequent
meetings at Anfield - a new PL record.
Magpies @ Anfield: Premier League era:
2017/18: Lost 0-2
2015/16: Drew 2-2 Cisse, Colback
2014/15: Lost 0-2
2013/14: Lost 1-2 og(Skrtel)
2012/13: Drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12: Lost 1-3 og(Agger)
2010/11: Lost 0-3
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2006/07: Lost 0-2
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 1-3 Kluivert
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Ameobi
2003/04: Lost 1-2 Robert (FAC)
2002/03: Drew 2-2 Speed, Shearer
2001/02: Lost 0-3
2000/01: Lost 0-3
1999/00: Lost 1-2 Shearer
1998/99: Lost 2-4 Solano, Andersson
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Lost 3-4 Gillespie, Asprilla, Barton
1995/96: Lost 3-4 Ferdinand, Ginola, Asprilla
1995/96: Won 1-0 Watson (LC)
1994/95: Lost 0-2
1993/94: Won 2-0 Lee, Cole
NUFC after 29 games - last eight PL seasons:
2008/09: 29 points, 16th (scored 35, conceded 46)
2010/11: 36 points, 9th (scored 44, conceded 41) (finished 10th)
2011/12: 47 points, 6th (scored 41, conceded 41) (finished 5th)
2012/13: 33 points, 13th (scored 31, conceded 41) (finished 16th)
2013/14: 43 points, 9th (scored 37, conceded 40) (finished 10th)
2014/15: 35 points, 11th (scored 32, conceded 46) (finished 15th)
2015/16: 24 points, 19th (scored 28, conceded 54) (finished 18th)
2017/18: 29 points, 16th (scored 27, conceded 40) (finished ??)
hope in our hearts - and a shovel in the boot - we set off across the frozen
wastelands, or Northumberland as it's more commonly known.
Save for the glorious exception of Steve Watson's golden moment to win a
League Cup tie, the journey to the red side of Stanley Park has been a
fruitless one for almost a quarter of a century - and there was little to
suggest that winless sequence would come to an end today.
Jonjo Shelvey's long-range effort in the opening seconds of the Manchester
City home game was widely interpreted as notice of the negative stance we'd
taken that day, and a similar but less obvious passage of play here saw
Florian Lejeune mindlessly batter a free kick in the centre circle goalwards,
rather than risk moving players forward from their defensive positions.
That expected rearguard action kept the home side at bay until the 40th
minute, when a bad bounce set
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain away on goal and his ball to Mo Salah allowed the
Beast from the Middle East the chance to score his 32nd club goal this
season - equal to our entire league and cup total.
The main excitement for those of a black and white disposition came before
the interval, with a smart passing move culminating in Mo Diame's first-time
shot looping promisingly towards the top corner of the goal, only for
goalkeeper Loris Karius to palm it away.
Had that gone in things may have been slightly different, but within ten
minutes of the resumption an easy finish from Sadio Mane made it pretty much
game over: unlike our most recent visit here in April 2016, recovering from a two goal
deficit never looked on the cards.
As was the case against Manchester City in another teatime trek, solace in
what was a familiar and predictable outcome came from the minimal damage to
the goal difference.
And here there was the added relief that we finished with eleven players, Jamaal Lascelles
escaping a certain red card and consequent suspension for his ill-advised
shove on Mo Salah late on.
That starting lineup had seen Mikel Merino, Jacob Murphy and Christian Atsu
brought in for Shelvey, Ayoze
Perez and Matt Ritchie, while Islam Slimani remained sidelined with a thigh
The Shelvey change was enforced due to injury and without the ex-Anfield
inhabitant our passing and general ball control left much to be desired,
Merino unsurprisingly off the pace after his layoff.
Surrendering possession cheaply would provide the foundation for both home
goals, but also leave us almost continually under pressure, that discomfort
on the ball almost universal save for Kenedy.
The safety-first approach also meant that United never
tested the rookie full back duo of Andrew Robertson or Trent
Alexander Arnold, each yet to make 20 career league
The final quarter of the game saw Joselu, Isaac Hayden
and Perez arrive from the bench in what became a damage-limitation exercise for United
- aided by Liverpool's apparent contentment with a comparatively modest margin of
victory, perhaps with one eye on Tuesday's Champions League tie.
While we slipped a place to sixteenth to sit a slender two points above the relegation
zone, the home side temporarily assumed second place and moved a game nearer to posting an season-long unbeaten home
league record - in no small part due to their two £34m goalscorers.
Such matters are of no concern to us though, as focus turns to the curious
situation of just two competitive games over the next month - both of which
are at home and both of which now look
absolutely pivotal to our Premier League survival hopes.
The visits of fellow relegation strugglers Southampton and Huddersfield come three weeks apart but provide opportunities to keep our heads
above water, ahead of what promises to be a frantic finale.
For the moment, Tyneside holds its breath and discordant thoughts remain
unvoiced as the season unfolds in almost exactly the fashion that the
manager predicted. It was never going to be pretty, it needs to be
effective. If we avoid the drop though, what lies ahead remains anything but